Over the weekend Abacus Data undertook to a poll of Canadians to measure support for the Trans Mountain expansion. The results were a resounding 7/10 people supporting the project, including 67% of people in British Columbia. A significant majority.
Theses results led me to think: "Will the groups campaigning for proportional elections now come on side and at least accept that Canadians support the project?"
Will Leadnow, Dogwood Foundation, the Sierra Club, and so on change? I doubt it, nor will politicians like Andrew Weaver pivot to respect this popular sentiment.
This is inherently a sad reflection of the political and economic climate in Canada. Small NGO’s insert fear, doubt and uncertainty into the conversation around infrastructure projects. All the while pushing for political reform. They have no interest in what Canadians want, or what is best for them. They simply want to create a system that works for them. In the case of elections in BC, their preferred outcome would be a move to proportional representation. With the intended outcome being to ensure the lower mainland can chose the government of their choice. In doing, they may behold the rest of province (which largely derives its income from resource extraction) to their “green” or metropolitan agenda. While in the case of Trans Mountain, there is a rather ironic shift. Instead of respecting popular opinion. The NGO’s collectively point to minority interests as a legitimate reason to undermine the project.
This attempt to have it both ways comes across as genuinely dishonest, but it is nothing more than a reflection of the modern activism in Canada. They are groups that really only have one desired goal, and it is the termination of Canadian energy production and natural resource projects.